Saving a Historical Record of GeoCities
The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library, and home to a giant
archive of the public web since 1996. Our web archive is viewable for free
was an important
outlet for personal expression on the Web for almost 15 years, but
on October 26, 2009.
The Internet Archive launched special several deep collection crawls,
including specific sites nominated by the public, over the last few months
that GeoCities was in operation, to help make our archive of GeoCities sites as
deep and thorough as possible.
Check Archived Materials
We've collected a lot of GeoCities sites over the years — even before
the special pre-shutdown crawls. You can check if a site of
interest was collected either prior to 2009 or as part of the 2009 special
collection by entering its address here:
Special Collection 2009 Content
Content from the special collection crawls of July to October of 2009
is now available in for browsing in the Wayback Machine.
Our crawling was based on publically-available directories and links to
GeoCities pages; we did not have a comprehensive list of all GeoCities
pages. Thus there is no guarantee a site will have been collected,
which is most likely if it had few links from elsewhere and a small number
Additionally, some material from our global crawls of late 2008 and
early 2009 has not yet been indexed for Wayback Machine access. Some
GeoCities content from those crawls will only appear when that process
catches up, expected by the end of 2010.
While archiving GeoCities is an independent Internet Archive project, we thank Yahoo
for their guidance and open communication about the upcoming GeoCities closure. See the
Yahoo! Help Center
for more info.
We also thank the independent volunteer team of archivers at
for their efforts
to preserve GeoCities
to our project.
Another independent project, ReoCities
, is also
mirroring a substantial portion of GeoCities and exchanged URL lists with the
Internet Archive during the final round of archiving.
We have no affiliation with these projects, but know of at least three other efforts with
online GeoCities page archives that may be of interest, especially if our archive lacks the
pages you need. See: